World Cup 2010: Brazil Right-Back Maicon Insists He Meant Effort Against North Korea

Inter man refutes claims of a mishit cross...

Brazil right-back Maicon has declared that he intended to beat North Korean goalkeeper Myong-Guk Ri at his near post, after putting the South American’s ahead with a spectacular curled effort.

The Inter man set his country on their path to victory in the 55 minute, having been largely contained by a committed North Korean side.

Instantly, watchers will have been reminded of legendary Brazilian strikes such as Roberto Carlos’ against France in Le Tournoi, ahead of the World Cup finals, and although the footballing world will have been left stunned by his effort, he insisted that it was no fluke, and that he fully intended to score.

"I made a similar goal against Portugal in Brasilia [friendly match, Brazil 6-2]," Maicon confirmed after the match.

"I got to the ball already tired, and already thinking about shooting the ball."

The former Monaco full-back went on to claim the much-maligned Jabulani ball may have helped him convert Brazil's opener and insisted that the Selecao are desperate to achieve their objective of reaching the World Cup final.

"The ball is favourable to us. It is fantastic," he added.

"It is difficult for the goalkeepers though and that it is the truth. My objective is to help the team and score a goal if possible.

"I am happy with the victory, our first victory and we want to continue on that path in order to achieve our objective and we know what that objective is to be in the final on July 11."

Dunga’s side increased their lead 16 minutes after Maicon’s strike, when former Manchester City midfielder Elano slotted home to make it two.

But the Koreans weren’t to be denied their moment of glory, as Ji Yun Nam struck a consolation in the final moments to his supporters into raptures.

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